iOS 8 beta 5 integrates Maps info into iPhone’s Recents list

Apple has taken the wrapss off iOS 8 beta 5 for the iPhone, bringing with it new, innovative mapping features.

One new feature, discovered by AppleInsider, is contact data transfer from the Maps app to Spotlight search results and the Recents list.

The latest beta release automatically includes location information from the Maps app, such as a name, address and Yelp data, into the phone's list of recently-dialled numbers and Spotlight search feature.

The feature has been touted as most useful for iPhone users who use Maps to discover nearby locations such as restaurants and entertainment venues, as well as tourists and business travellers getting to know a particular area while away from home.

Before, these people would have to search for the desired location all over again when it was time to go, but now details of where they need to go, as well as contact numbers and more, are available right there in their Recents list.

The feature seems to only work with Maps, however, and not with Siri and Safari.

Other features introduced in previous iOS beta releases include Safari AutoFill for faster logins, a new tips app, and an Ask to Buy' option for more secure in-app purchases on shared devices.

iOS 8 will go on general release alongside the 4.7in and 5.5in iPhone 6, expected in autumn 2014.

Caroline Preece

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